The Barotse National Freedom Alliance (BNFA) has described as highly misleading, mischievous and insensitive Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili’s assertion that the issue of the Barotseland will be resolved once the President assents to the Constitution Bills passed by Parliament.
BNFA Treasurer General and first Trustee William Harrington tells QFM News that the statement by Mr. Kambwili only causes more pain and injury to those who have suffered injustices such as arrests,imprisonment and incarceration, humiliation and even death at the hands of State agents.
He says it is incorrect for Mr. Kambwili to claim that no one submitted to the various Constitution Review Commissions over the issue of the Barotseland.
Mr. Harrington states that to the contrary, as a commissioner himself on the Mungomba chaired constitution review commission, many people did call for the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 in their submissions.
He further states that numerous citizens when giving evidence to the Rodger Chongwe led Commission of Inquiry appointed by late President Michael Sata made very strong submissions that prompted the Commission to recommend the restoration of the Barotseland Agreement.
Mr. Harrington has since appealed to Mr. Kambwili to exercise caution and restraint over the matter of the Barotseland agreement.
Yesterday,Chief Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili said that the issue of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 will be resolved once President Edgar Lungu assents to the Constitution Bills Parliament passed recently.
Mr Kambwili said that as far as government is concerned, once the Constitution Bills become law, Barotseland will continue to remain an integral part of Zambia.
Mr. Kambwili stated that this was particularly that no one submitted to the contrary that Barotseland remains part of Zambia during the Constitution review process.
Mr. Kambwili told Qfm News by telephone that this entailed that the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 is no longer an issue.
Mr. Kambwili however, noted that what the people of Western province want is a fair share of the national development agenda.
Mr Kambwili said that the Patriotic Front (PF) is in this case committed to taking development to Western province as a sure way resolving the Barotseland Agreement issue.